The Long Beach Post encourages debate and discussion in our comment section on this Web site. In order to foster better communication and a free exchange of ideas, comments are not subjected to moderation before they are posted.
Instead, the Long Beach Post commenting section is community moderated. This means that it is up to you, the reader, to create the type of online community that you'd like to be a part of. There are several tools to help you:
The up-vote and down-vote arrows allow you to vote a comment up or down based on whether or not you think it contributes to the conversation. Comments are shown "best first," meaning comments with a higher ratio of up-votes to down-votes will show up higher in the conversation, and therefore be more visible, while comments with a higher ratio of down-votes to up-votes will sink lower, and be less visible.
The "flag as inappropriate" button should be used for comments you feel violate the rules of this community. Comments that are flagged will be reviewed by a moderator, and if needed, appropriate action will be taken. If a flagged comment is found to contain unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, or obscene language or images, contain pornographic content, or contain hate speech or any other material the moderators deem inappropriate it may be removed, and the commenter subject to temporary suspension or permanent ban.
Since using these tools requires being signed in, in order to participate you must be signed in to Disqus. Disqus allows you to sign in with a dedicated Disqus account, or through your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account.
DOs and DON'Ts
DO remember that this is a place for civilized (albeit lively) debate. Please use the same common sense and manners during online discussions as you would offline.
DO treat everyone with respect. Whether talking to or about another commenter, or the subject of an article, make sure you are treating everyone with respect, even if you disagree with them.
DO up-vote and down-vote based on the quality of the comment, not on whether or not you agree with it. A well-written, interesting comment can contribute to the conversation, even if you do not agree with it.
DO report posts as inappropriate if you believe they contain hate speech, or believe them to be unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate.
DO report spam. Spammers will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
DO use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Intelligent conversation requires a standard system of communication. This includes posting comments in ALL CAPS, or overusing CAPS in comments.
DO read the whole article before you comment on it.
DO take personal responsibility for what you say in your comments. When you comment, please remember that what you say may have consequences, and in extreme cases, could result in criminal or civil liability.
DON'T post threatening comments. Physical threats, whether explicit or implied, against other commenters, the subject of the article being commented on, or anyone else will not be tolerated. Comments containing threatening language will be removed, and the commenter subject to temporary suspention or permanent ban.
DON'T post personal information, or post links to personal information. Comments containing personal information will be deleted, and the commenter subject to suspension or a permanent ban.
DON'T be rude or insulting. While debate may often be lively or even heated, being intentionally rude or insulting does nothing to further your point, nor does it add to the conversation.
DON'T use foul language. Comments containing foul language may be deleted without notice. Commenters repeatedly using foul language may be subject to a temporary suspension, or a permanent ban.
DON'T conduct personal attacks on other commenters. Ad hominem attacks do not add anything to the conversation.
DON'T troll. Trolling does not contribute to the conversation, and can lead to your comments being deleted, and your account banned.
DON'T down-vote comments simply because you don't like or agree with their position.
DON'T abuse the "flag as inappropriate" feature. Comments should be reported because they break the rules of the community, not because you disagree or simply don't like them.
DON'T up-vote or down-vote based on the commenter who posted it. Don't up-vote or down-vote comments and posts just because the commenter's username is familiar to you. Make your vote based on the content.
DON'T spam the comments section with a lot of top-level posts in a short span of time. Wait for someone to respond to your comment to continue the conversation, or if you feel you left something out of your top-level comment, edit it. Otherwise, your future submissions may be automatically blocked by the spam filter. Suspension or banning can, and will, take place in more severe cases.
DON'T hijack comment threads for your personal agenda. Comments should pertain to the story being discussed, and off-topic comments should be down-voted, or in more severe cases, reported.
DON'T post comments which contain racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory language or messages. Comments which contain racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory language or messages will be considered hate speech and will be removed, and the commenter subject to temporary suspension or a permanent ban.
DON'T post comments which contain hate speech, or which you know to be factually incorrect, misleading, or libelous in nature. Comments which are deemed to contain hate speech, or to be misleading or possibly libelous will be removed, and the commenter subject to temporary suspension or a permanent ban.
The Long Beach Post may, at any time and without notice, delete comments which violate the rules of this community, suspend users for an arbitrary amount of time for violating the rules of this community, or permanently ban users for repeated or egregious violation of these rules.
The Long Beach Post takes no responsibility for, and we do not expressly or implicitly endorse, any user-submitted comments.
We may update this Comment Policy at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to check back often for any revisions to this policy.
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